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Barbour County

May 15, 2013 Located in the north-central part of the state upon the Appalachian Plateau, the land is hilly to mountainous. The area was first settled around 1780 and is named for Phillip Pendleton Barbour. more »»

Berkeley County

May 15, 2013 Located in the center of the Eastern Panhandle of the state, Berkeley County is generally credited with the first permanent settlement in the state. Bunker Hill was settled in the early 1730s. more »»

Boone County

May 15, 2013 Named for noted hunter Daniel Boone, Boone County was formed in 1857 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell and Logan counties. more »»

Braxton County

May 15, 2013 Around 1789 a family named Carpenter settled at the mouth of the Holly River and became the first to live in the rugged area that would become Braxton County. more »»

Brooke County

May 15, 2013 Brooke County was created in 1797 from part of Ohio County and named for Robert Brooke, who was governor of Virginia from 1794 to 1796. Wellsburg, the county seat was chartered as Charlestown in 1791. more »»

Cabell County

May 15, 2013 Cabell County Located along at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, Cabell County is one of the key population centers in West Virginia. Cabell County is named for William H. more »»

Calhoun County

May 15, 2013 Located in west-central West Virginia, Calhoun County can trace its origins back to settlement near the present day Arnoldsburg around 1810. more »»

Clay County

May 15, 2013 Formed in 1858 from parts of Braxton and Nicholas counties, Clay County is named in honor of Henry Clay. more »»

Doddridge County

May 15, 2013 Doddridge County was formed in 1845 from portions of Harrison, Tyler, Ritchie and Lewis counties. It was named in honor of Phillip Doddridge who was a United Sates congressman and Virginia legislator. more »»

Fayette County

May 15, 2013 Fayette county was created in 1831 from parts of Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Logan counties and was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. more »»

Gilmer County

May 15, 2013 he county was created in 1845 from parts of Lewis and Kanawha counties and named for Virginia Governor Thomas Gilmer. more »»

Grant County

May 15, 2013 Grant County is located in the Eastern Panhandle of of West Virginian in an area that was once called the "Northern Neck" of Virgini. more »»

Greenbrier County

May 15, 2013 Greebrier County is the second largest county in the state and was first settled around 1750. more »»

Hampshire County

May 15, 2013 Hampshire County is the oldest county in West Virginia. The white man first traded with Indian traders and hunters in the area around 1725. more »»

Hancock County

May 15, 2013 Located at the extreme northern tip of the state, Hancock is the smallest and most densely populated of the West Virginia counties. more »»

Hardy County

May 15, 2013 Hardy County has several important recreational resources. Part of the George Washington National Forests lies within the county, as does the Lost River State Park, consisting of 3,700 acres. more »»

Harrison County

May 15, 2013 John Simpson, the first known white settler to Harrison County, erected a camp at the present-day site of Clarksburg in 1764. more »»

Jackson County

May 15, 2013 Jackson County is a county rich in heritage with one of the first land owners in the region being the first president, George Washington. more »»

Jefferson County

May 15, 2013 Located in the tip of the eastern panhandle of the state, Jefferson County was created from Berkeley County in 1801 and is named after the third president, Thomas Jefferson. more »»

Kanawha County

May 15, 2013 Evidence has been found placing humans in the Kanawha County area as long as 10,000 years ago. Artifacts found at St. Albans places the Paleo-Indians in the area around 8,000 B. more »»

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